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Title: The Dragon Reborn
Author: Robert Jordan
Publisher: Published September 14th 2002 by Tor Books (first published 1991)
ISBN: 9780765305114
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The Dragon Reborn—the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him—is on the run from his destiny. Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how—for no man has done it in three thousand years—Rand al'Thor knows only that he must face the D The Dragon Reborn—the leader long prophesied who will save the world, but in the saving destroy it; the savior who will run mad and kill all those dearest to him—is on the run from his destiny. Able to touch the One Power, but unable to control it, and with no one to teach him how—for no man has done it in three thousand years—Rand al'Thor knows only that he must face the Dark One. But how? Winter has stopped the war—almost—yet men are dying, calling out for the Dragon. But where is he? Perrin Aybara is in pursuit with Moiraine Sedai, her Warder Lan, and Loial the Ogier. Bedeviled by dreams, Perrin is grappling with another deadly problem—how is he to escape the loss of his own humanity? Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve are approaching Tar Valon, where Mat will be healed—if he lives until they arrive. But who will tell the Amyrlin their news—that the Black Ajah, long thought only a hideous rumor, is all too real? They cannot know that in Tar Valon far worse awaits... Ahead, for all of them, in the Heart of the Stone, lies the next great test of the Dragon reborn....

30 review for The Dragon Reborn

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Love it!! Nuff said! Mel ❤ Love it!! Nuff said! Mel ❤️

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bookdragon Sean

    This was a hugely important book for me. This is a fourteen book series, and after the last book I was practically ready to stop reading it. I had to have a six month reading break because I was that frustrated with it. I thought that Rand was characterised horrendously, and I felt that he regressed to an early state. All in all, Robert Jordan had gone backward in his character development of his hero. So, this book had to win me over to keep me reading. And it did. It so bloody-well did. My fait This was a hugely important book for me. This is a fourteen book series, and after the last book I was practically ready to stop reading it. I had to have a six month reading break because I was that frustrated with it. I thought that Rand was characterised horrendously, and I felt that he regressed to an early state. All in all, Robert Jordan had gone backward in his character development of his hero. So, this book had to win me over to keep me reading. And it did. It so bloody-well did. My faith in the author has been completely restored. (Yay!) Rand is still the same heroic coward, but this time his actions actually corresponded with the events. When he ran, he had reason to do so. He also had very few point of view chapters. He is still the centre of the story, but its telling is given over to much more interesting characters like Mat, Nynaeve and my personal favourite Perrin. So, let’s starts with the best character. He has the heart of a wolf The book opens with Perrin. It’s still very early days, but he is one of the only characters I actually have sympathy for. His confidence has developed even further. When he taps the ancient magic that allows him to communicate with wolves, they run to his aid and welcome him as leader of their pack. This is a worthy boon for the young warrior, but it doesn’t come without its problems. The ability alters his mind; it makes him feral as the wolfish thoughts dominate his human senses. He knows the danger of the ability; thus, he suppresses it and controls it. I find his part of the story completely fascinating because he boarders on edges of remaining noble and good or loosing himself to animalistic savagery. Moraine was silent for a time, warming her hands. Finally she spoke whilst staring into the flames. ‘The Creator is good, Perrin. The Farther of Lies is evil. The Pattern of Age, the Age Lace itself, is neither. The pattern is what is. The Wheel of Time weaves all lives into the Pattern, all actions. A Pattern that is all one colour is no pattern. For the Pattern of an age, good and ill are the warp and the woof.’ Moreover, in this bleak and dark world that Jordan has created, Perrin is one of the few with a pure heart, which makes his inner darkness even more complex. Like Rand and Mat, he wants to hang up his weapons and go home; he wants to forget about the long and hard task the wheel has set for him, but he knows what he must do. He knows that he cannot run; he knows that he cannot escape fate. So, he grits his teeth and gets on with his duty. After all, he will have an important part to play in defeating the darkness. He is too honourable to shirk from what he must perform. I can see him eventually becoming the rock that holds the trio together. He is a well-rounded character that is reliable and strong. I just know that he will have the courage to insure that his friends succeed, even if he has to drag them to their destiny. Finally, some decent female characters. Admittedly, for the first time in this series, I actually enjoyed the female side of the story. Previously, it seemed like Jordan could only write females in one way; they were all confrontational, moody, hot headed, physically attractive and at times even quite spiteful. It was beginning to get a little bit ridiculous; it was like he somehow naively perceived that all women have this same archetypal personality. This was regardless of their social standing or life experience. All the female characters were basically the same misogynistic reused stereotype. Thankfully, and at long last, Jordan’s women are actually developing their own sense of individualism. It took him long enough to get there, now they're finally out of the tower. Well, anyway, the girls are coming into there own. Nynaeve has had heaps of character development. She’s learning to wield her magic to deadly affect, but she still hasn’t quite figured how to activate it properly. She can only use it when in a state of pure agitation and anger. It responds to rage and rage only. When it is eventually unleashed it is powerful to behold, but not controlled. She’s a strong character, and a very strong woman. She’s quickly become the leader of the naïve Egwene and the inexperienced Elayne. She has the experience, and the wisdom (see what I did there?) to lead them in their hunt for the twisted Black Ajah. It was great to see these characters have their own fully developed side story that eventually linked back to the main plot. And the same is true for the cunning Mat. Every perfect fantasy story needs it rouge Mat has also come along way. He’s recovered from his illness, though there is still some degree of taint in his heart. He has memories that are not his own. It will be interesting to see how this develops in later books, as the true origin of his luck will hopefully be revealed. The two are clearly connected and intertwined. He is a strong character, one who is developing faster than he can handle. He’s already killed countless men, which is something he would never have thought himself capable. He has the danger of becoming numb to it as many fall to his agile wielding of his quarter staff. This was a really good book, and I’m so glad. I’m actually looking forward to reading the next one. The side characters really make this series worthwhile. If you ignore Rand, like I‘m trying to do, you will see how complex and versatile these other characters are. Their stories are much more interesting on every level. The world is also rich in opposing culture and beliefs. I like the way the “forces of good” are divided and mistrusting of each other. The Children of the Light are potentially morally right, but they are misguided and confused as to what is actually evil. Their ethos is right, though they just execute it in a roundabout way. It will be interesting to see if they become pawns of the dark one or see the error of their ways. I love these conflicting ideas. So, for me, this series remains in the realms of perfect fantasy. At least, at the moment. Hopefully, it will remain good to its end. The Wheel of time: 1. Eye of the World- An unoriginal five stars 2. The Great Hunt- A reluctant three stars 3. The Dragon Reborn- A well-developed 4 stars. 4. The Shadow Rising- A strong four stars 5. The Fires of Heaven- A slow two stars “Kill a man who needs killing, and sometimes others pay for it. The question is, was it worth doing it anyway? There's always a balance, you know. Good and evil. Light and Shadow. We would not be human if there wasn't a balance.”

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    3/7/16: WoT #3 buddy (re)read in BB&B ! I'm thinking I might read it again just b/c. LOVE it. Reviewed by: Rabid Reads NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you. The Dragon Reborn is where things really start getting good. PLEASE NOTE that I am speaking strictly f 3/7/16: WoT #3 buddy (re)read in BB&B ! I'm thinking I might read it again just b/c. LOVE it. Reviewed by: Rabid Reads NOTICE: this reread is in preparation for finally biting the bullet and reading book 14. That means I HAVE NOT read book 14 yet. Please be mindful of this in the comments, both for me and for others who may or may not have progressed past this point in the series. Thank you. The Dragon Reborn is where things really start getting good. PLEASE NOTE that I am speaking strictly from the REREAD perspective. If you have never read the series before, the first two books are spectacular. Spectacular x5, even. It's only knowing what's coming and being impatient to get to the even better parts that makes books 1 and 2 merely enjoyable when compared to the depth of imagination and interconnectedness as the series progresses. BUT. All of that epicness must have a solid foundation on which to build. And book #3 is still very much a part of that early foundation-laying process. However, TWO very important things happen in this installment (and those two things make all the difference): 1. Mat is healed from the taint of the Shadar Logoth dagger. 2. Perrin meets Faile. I don't know if prior-to-book 3-Mat was part of Jordan's character growth process, or if he just got bored with the character--I certainly found the early version to be tiresome--but when Mat wakes from being Healed in Tar Valon, he's almost a completely different person. Oh, he's still a rascal, but no longer a rascal of the juvenile variety. Instead, he becomes that kind of clever, scalawag, rogue-type character, who has always been one of my personal favorites. In another life (HA!), he would have made an excellent pirate. It's the difference between telling a couple of younger boys a story about ghost hounds, then covering a few dogs in flour and loosing them on the village green, and betting Galad and Gawyn that he can beat them, his quarterstaff against their two swords, both b/c he needs the money to finance his escape, and also b/c "it would be fun." Then there's Faile. A lot of WoT fans aren't particularly fond of Faile, and maybe I'll change my mind after rereading some of the later installments . . . but I doubt it. I just like her. Firstly, she's Saldaean, which is my second favorite people group (after the Aiel). Almost all of the drama in her relationship with Perrin can be attributed to her nationality, and where others are simply exhausted by her and her antics, I chalk it up to cultural differences. <------legit cause for misunderstandings. And when she's not behaving in what a non-Saldaean would consider a ridiculous manner, her interactions with Perrin are positively delightful; I am full of delight. Her appearance is also the first concrete manifestation (with long-term consequences) of one of Min's Viewings. So yeah, those two things are where I turn the corner and stop fighting the urge to skim things I've read numerous times before. This book is also where the Forsaken start to become real characters instead of flat boogiemen-type shapes. In The Eye of the World, we learned nothing beyond the fact that some of them were no longer imprisoned, and that there were two fewer of them in world. In The Great Hunt, the information was limited to Lanfear. But in The Dragon Reborn, we not only learn more about Lanfear, we also meet at least three others, and some of the mystery surrounding "Ba’alzamon" is . . . not revealed, per se, but I definitely felt I understood what the situation was by the time I finished the book. And anytime we learn anything about the Age of Legends (whence the Forsaken came), I am a happy camper. Basically, I loved it. PS: is it just me, or does Cover Dude bear a remarkable resemblance to Prince Harry? My other reviews for this series: The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) by Robert Jordan The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time, #2) by Robert Jordan The Shadow Rising (Wheel of Time, #4) by Robert Jordan The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5) by Robert Jordan Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6) by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords (Wheel of Time, #7) by Robert Jordan The Path of Daggers (Wheel of Time, #8) by Robert Jordan Winter's Heart (Wheel of Time, #9) by Robert Jordan Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time, #10) by Robert Jordan New Spring (Wheel of Time, #0) by Robert Jordan Highlights: (view spoiler)[1. Mat HEALED!! WOOT! 2. Egwene's Accepted Test. 3. Mat with a quarterstaff vs. Galad and Gawyn with swords. Like . . . a day after he'd been Healed. EPIC. One of my favorite scenes from the whole series. 4. FAILE. 5. Mat rescuing Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne. 6. He raised Callandor above his head. Silver lightning crackled from the blade, jagged streaks arching toward the great dome above. “Stop!” he shouted. The fighting ceased; men stared at him in wonder, over black veils, from beneath the rims of round helmets. “I am Rand al’Thor!” he called, so his voice rang through the chamber. “I am the Dragon Reborn!” Callandor shone in his grasp. One by one, veiled men and helmeted, they knelt to him, crying, “The Dragon is Reborn! The Dragon is Reborn!” (hide spoiler)] Forsaken: (view spoiler)[1. He hated Illian. “One day we’ll loot Illian bare, tear down every town and village, and sow their filthy ground with salt.” Mallia’s beard almost bristled with outrage at how filthy the Illian land was. “Even their olives are putrid! One day we’ll carry every last Illianer pig off in chains! That is what the High Lord Samon says.” (view spoiler)[Be'lal. (hide spoiler)] 2. Before he could find words, the door crashed back against the wall, and Moiraine stood in the doorway, her face as pale and grim as death. “Your wolf dreams tell as truly as a Dreamer’s, Perrin. The Forsaken are loose, and one of them rules in Illian.” Perrin climbed off the bed and started dressing, not caring whether Zarine was watching or not. He knew what he intended to do, but he asked Moiraine anyway. “Do we leave?” “Unless you want to make closer acquaintance with Sammael,” she said dryly. 3. “Be silent, boy,” the dark man in the gold-encrusted coat said calmly. He was a handsome man, almost as good-looking as Galad and nearly as youthful-seeming, despite the white streaking his temples, but built on a bigger scale, with more than Rand’s height and very nearly Perrin’s shoulders. “We will hear what you have to say in a moment.” He reached over Morgase’s shoulder and plucked the letter out of her hand. Her glare turned on him—Mat could see her temper heating—but the dark man laid a strong hand on her shoulder, never taking his eyes off what he was reading, and Morgase’s anger melted. “It seems she has left the Tower again,” he said. “On the service of the Amyrlin Seat. The woman oversteps herself again, Morgase.” Mat had no trouble holding his tongue. Luck. It was stuck to the roof of his mouth. Sometimes I don’t know if it’s good or bad. The dark man was the owner of the deep voice, the “Great Master” who wanted Elayne’s head. She called him Gaebril. Her advisor wants to murder Elayne? Light! And Morgase was staring up at him like an adoring dog with her master’s hand on her shoulder. (view spoiler)[Rahvin. (hide spoiler)] 4. “One of the Forsaken is in Tear. The High Lord Samon is Be’lal.” 5. “I will not be undone!” Ba’alzamon cried. His mouth was fire; his shriek echoed among the columns. “I cannot be defeated! Aid me!” Some of the darkness shrouding him drifted into his hands, formed into a ball so black it seemed to soak up even the light of Callandor. Sudden triumph blazed in the flames of his eyes. “You are destroyed!” Rand shouted. Callandor spun in his hands. Its light roiled the darkness, severed the steel-black lines around Ba’alzamon, and Ba’alzamon convulsed. As if there were two of him he seemed to dwindle and grow larger at the same time. “You are undone!” Rand plunged the shining blade into Ba’alzamon’s chest. Ba’alzamon screamed, and the fires of his face flared wildly. “Fool!” he howled. “The Great Lord of the Dark can never be defeated!” Rand pulled Callandor’s blade free as Ba’alzamon’s body sagged and began to fall, the shadow around him vanishing. And suddenly Rand was in another Heart of the Stone, surrounded by columns still whole, and fighting men screaming and dying, veiled men and men in breastplates and helmets. Moiraine still lay crumpled at the base of a redstone column. And at Rand’s feet lay the body of a man, sprawled on its back with a hole burned through the chest. He might have been a handsome man in his middle years, except that where his eyes and mouth should have been were only pits from which rose tendrils of black smoke. (view spoiler)[Ba’alzamon = Ishamael. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] Foresight: (view spoiler)[1. Only a dream, he thought, shivering from the cold, and with that everything shifted. He stared into the mirror, a part of him not comprehending what he saw, another part accepting. A gilded helmet, worked like a lion’s head, sat on his head as if it belonged there. Gold leaf covered his ornately hammered breastplate, and gold-work embellished the plate and mail on his arms and legs. Only the axe at his side was plain. A voice—his own—whispered in his mind that he would take it over any other weapon, had carried it a thousand times, in a hundred battles. No! He wanted to take it off, throw it away. I can’t! 2. “An Aielman in a cage,” she said promptly. “A Tuatha’an with a sword. A falcon and a hawk, perching on your shoulders. Both female, I think. And all the rest, of course. What is always there. Darkness swirling ’round you, and—” (view spoiler)[1. Gaul 2. Aram 3.a. Faile 3.b. Berelain (hide spoiler)] 3. " ‘Heart of the Dark. Ba’alzamon. Name hidden within name shrouded by name. Secret buried within secret cloaked by secret. Betrayer of Hope. Ishamael betrays all hope. Truth burns and sears. Hope fails before truth. A lie is our shield. Who can stand against the Heart of the Dark? Who can face the Betrayer of Hope? Soul of shadow, Soul of the Shadow, he is—’ ” 4. “Tell me why,” she demanded. “Why would you ask me to—to murder you? I will Heal you, I will do anything to get you out of there, but I cannot kill you. Why?” “They can turn me, Egwene.” His breathing was so tortured, she wished she could weep. “If they take me—the Myrddraal—the Dreadlords—they can turn me to the Shadow. If madness has me, I cannot fight them. I won’t know what they are doing till it is too late. If there is even a spark of life left when they find me, they can still do it. Please, Egwene. For the love of the Light. Kill me.” Sheriam sighed, glanced at the other Aes Sedai again, then dropped her voice to a whisper and spoke swiftly. “This is something known only to a few, child, even in the Tower. You should not learn it now, if ever, but I will tell you. There is—a weakness in being able to channel. That we learn to open ourselves to the True Source means that we can be—opened to other things.” Egwene shuddered. “Calm yourself, child. It is not so easily done. It is a thing not done, so far as I know—Light send it has not been done!—since the Trolloc Wars. It took thirteen Dreadlords—Darkfriends who could channel—weaving the flows through thirteen Myrddraal. You see? Not easily done." 5. "Where are you from, lad?” “Manetheren.” Mat froze when he heard the name come out of his mouth. “I mean, I’m from the Two Rivers. I have heard too many old stories.” 6. There had been a dream of Rand, reaching for a sword that seemed to be made of crystal, never seeing the fine net dropping over him. And one of him kneeling in a chamber where a parched wind blew dust across the floor, and creatures like the one on the Dragon banner, but much smaller, floated on that wind, and settled into his skin. There had been a dream of him walking down into a great hole in a black mountain, a hole filled with a reddish glare as from vast fires below, and even a dream of him confronting Seanchan. Perrin with a falcon on his shoulder, and Perrin with a hawk. Only the hawk held a leash in her talons—Egwene was somehow convinced both hawk and falcon were female—and the hawk was trying to fasten it around Perrin’s neck. And that dream of Perrin—with a beard!—leading a huge pack of wolves that stretched as far as the eye could see. Mat, placing his own left eye on a balance scale. Mat, hanging by his neck from a tree limb. 7. “Farmboy! Perhaps I will call myself Faile. My father used to call me that, when I was little. It means ‘falcon.’ ” He stiffened and almost missed the first step of the ladder. Coincidence. He made himself go down without looking back toward her. It has to be. 8. There had been dreams of Mat, too. Of Mat with dice spinning ’round him—she felt she knew where that one came from—of Mat being followed by a man who was not there—she still did not understand that; there was a man following, or maybe more than one, but in some way there was no one there—of Mat riding desperately toward something unseen in the distance that he had to reach, and Mat with a woman who seemed to be tossing fireworks about. An Illuminator, she assumed, but that made no more sense than anything else. (hide spoiler)] Insight: (view spoiler)[1. A dozen small things besides, some perhaps only baseless rumors, but taken together with the rest . . . Sightings of Aiel reported as far west as Murandy, and Kandor. Only two or three in one place, but one or a thousand, Aiel had come out of the Waste just once in all the years since the Breaking. Only in the Aiel War had they ever left that desolate wilderness. The Atha’an Miere, the Sea Folk, were said to be ignoring trade to seek signs and portents—of what, exactly, they did not say—sailing with ships half full or even empty. Illian had called the Great Hunt of the Horn for the first time in almost four hundred years, had sent out the Hunters to seek the fabled Horn of Valere, which prophecy said would summon dead heroes from the grave to fight in Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle against the Shadow. Rumor said the Ogier, always so reclusive that most common people thought them only legend, had called meetings between their far-flung stedding. 2. “Browns seek knowledge, Blues meddle in causes, and Whites consider the questions of truth with implacable logic. We all do some of it all, of course. But to be a Green means to stand ready.” A note of pride entered Alanna’s voice. “In the Trolloc Wars, we were often called the Battle Ajah. All Aes Sedai helped where and when they could, but the Green Ajah alone was always with the armies, in almost every battle. We were the counter to the Dreadlords. The Battle Ajah. And now we stand ready, for the Trollocs to come south again, for Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle. We will be there. That is what it means to be a Green.” 3. If dogs had been able to make footprints on stone, he would have said it was the print of a large hound. There were no hound’s footprints in any of the bare ground he could see, where softer dirt on the verge might take one, and no smell of any dog’s trail. Just a faint trace in the air of something burned, almost the sulphurous smell left by setting off fireworks. 4. “Every queen of Manetheren was an Aes Sedai, and the king the Warder bound to her." 5. Elayne nodded. “I think so. I do not know much of the Prophecies of the Dragon, but I have heard a few lines. One I remember is, ‘On the slopes of Dragonmount shall he be born, born of a maiden wedded to no man.’ Egwene, Rand does look like an Aiel. Well, he looks like the pictures I have seen of Tigraine, too, but she vanished before he was born, and I hardly think she could have been his mother anyway. I think Rand’s mother was a Maiden of the Spear.” 6. Rhuarc cleared his throat. “When a man wishes to become a clan chief, he must go to Rhuidean, in the lands of the Jenn Aiel, the clan that is not.” He spoke slowly and frowned often at the red-fringed silk carpet under his soft boots, a man trying to explain what he did not want to explain at all. “Women who wish to become Wise Ones also make this journey, but their marking, if they are marked, is kept secret among themselves. The men who are chosen at Rhuidean, those who survive, return marked on the left arm. So.” He pushed back the sleeves of his coat and shirt together to reveal his left forearm, the skin much paler than that of his hands and face. Etched into the skin as if part of it, wrapped twice around, marched the same gold-and-scarlet form as rippled on the banner above the Stone. The Aiel let his sleeve fall with a sigh. “It is a name not spoken except among the clan chiefs and the Wise Ones. We are . . .” He cleared his throat again, unable to say it here. “The Aiel are the People of the Dragon.” (hide spoiler)] Musings: (view spoiler)[1. Niall nodded grimly. There had been no male Aes Sedai since the Breaking of the World, but the women who still claimed that title were bad enough. They prated of their Three Oaths: to speak no word that was not true, to make no weapon for one man to kill another, to use the One Power as a weapon only against Darkfriends or Shadowspawn. But now they had showed those oaths for the lies they were. He had always known no one could want the power they wielded except to challenge the Creator, and that meant to serve the Dark One. Whitecloaks are so freaking obnoxious. What do you mean, "no one could want the power they wielded"? It's not like they HAVE A CHOICE. *grumbles* (hide spoiler)]

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ivan

    DNF @ 30% Dear Wheel of time I am breaking up with you. This wasn't easy decision as I don't like to leave things unfinished.My friends keep on telling me how great you are and that I should give you another chance but I think that this relationship has already taken too much of my time and I just can't look past your snail pace and many obnoxious characters.We definitively had our good moments but every time we are together I keep thinking about other series and keep glancing on other books on my DNF @ 30% Dear Wheel of time I am breaking up with you. This wasn't easy decision as I don't like to leave things unfinished.My friends keep on telling me how great you are and that I should give you another chance but I think that this relationship has already taken too much of my time and I just can't look past your snail pace and many obnoxious characters.We definitively had our good moments but every time we are together I keep thinking about other series and keep glancing on other books on my shelf and that is not how relationship between reader and book should be.Call me old fashioned but I believe book should hold the reader tight and make him forget about other books until the last page is done. I am sure you will find devoted reader who will adore you and maybe our paths well cross again and we continue from where we left but I just can't see it happening anytime soon.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dana Ilie

    The third book in the series is a bit strange, in my opinion. It draws away from Rand, who I firmly believe is the main character, despite the infinitely large cast.The book instead follows the various subgroups that are in a quest to follow Rand, and his path of destruction, whether they know it or not. Mat finally gets a POV chapter and stops sucking and starts being a fount of pure, unadulterated awesome. Perrin stops mid-story to do a little blacksmithing; central to Perrin’s character. He’s The third book in the series is a bit strange, in my opinion. It draws away from Rand, who I firmly believe is the main character, despite the infinitely large cast.The book instead follows the various subgroups that are in a quest to follow Rand, and his path of destruction, whether they know it or not. Mat finally gets a POV chapter and stops sucking and starts being a fount of pure, unadulterated awesome. Perrin stops mid-story to do a little blacksmithing; central to Perrin’s character. He’s a born craftsman forced into the role of a warrior.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Manju

    While this book is titled Dragon Reborn, it definitely is not about Rand al’Thor as the title suggests. This book paves way for Mat, Perrin, and Egwene to shine. Mat, Perrin, Rand, and Egwene all got their separate story arcs here as they all went their different ways in the start of the book. Rand appeared only in 2-3 chapters. So when Rand went in to Tear to take Callandor and put the rumours down for once and all; it was Mat, Perrin and the girl gang (Egwene, Nynaeve, Elyane) who took the cen While this book is titled Dragon Reborn, it definitely is not about Rand al’Thor as the title suggests. This book paves way for Mat, Perrin, and Egwene to shine. Mat, Perrin, Rand, and Egwene all got their separate story arcs here as they all went their different ways in the start of the book. Rand appeared only in 2-3 chapters. So when Rand went in to Tear to take Callandor and put the rumours down for once and all; it was Mat, Perrin and the girl gang (Egwene, Nynaeve, Elyane) who took the center stage here. While the girls were good, it was Perrin and Mat who won my heart in this book. Both guys finally came out of Rand’s shadow and surprised me. Perrin already holds a special place because of what he can do (and let’s not forget wolves) but Mat was the surprise package. I hated Mat from Book 1, so I am shocked how much I liked him here. He is witty, trouble-magnet, not so brave (he try his best to escape evil/difficult situations) but (view spoiler)[ when he went into the tower to save the girls (hide spoiler)] , I turned into a fan. the book dragged in few chapters but Jordan surely knows how to write an amazing climax and all the different story lines and different prophecies converge beautifully in the end. All in all another great book in the long series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nimrod Daniel

    A very compelling continuation of The Wheel of Time series, but not amazing as The Great hunt. There’s a very interesting decision by Jordan to push Rand to the background so Mat and Perrin would shine in his absence and it worked very well. In The Great Hunt I felt like Perrin barely had a focus on him in comparison to The Eye of The World, and so as for Mat. Mat had even less focus than Perrin in the first 2 books, and both of them felt like nice additions to the cast but no more than that. In A very compelling continuation of The Wheel of Time series, but not amazing as The Great hunt. There’s a very interesting decision by Jordan to push Rand to the background so Mat and Perrin would shine in his absence and it worked very well. In The Great Hunt I felt like Perrin barely had a focus on him in comparison to The Eye of The World, and so as for Mat. Mat had even less focus than Perrin in the first 2 books, and both of them felt like nice additions to the cast but no more than that. In The Dragon Reborn it’s exactly the opposite, as they have quite a lot of POV chapters where they could grow into interesting characters, and their overall importance begins to emerge. As for the rest of the characters – there’s still focus on Nynaeve and Egwene, both are really great characters., and probably my favorites. Elayne becomes a very important part of this trio, and the three of them keep growing and developing as characters. Moiraine and Lan were mostly in the background in book 2 but we see much more of them here, which is great. To that, pour some schemes by The Black Aja, The Forsaken are keep steering things in the world, and Ba’alzamon continues with his plans. Oh, and some ancient relics:) What I really liked in this book is the development of the world-building, as we find out more about the World of Dreams and Jordan even dabbled with parallel worlds ideas. That add a lot of possibilities for the series to go in interesting directions. As the series progresses it is evident that The Wheel of Time isn’t a formulaic generic fantasy, which is great, especially when considering when WoT was written. All in all, it’s a very good installment in the Wheel of Time series, with very good character development, fascinating world-building and pretty good plot(but not as good as in book 2). 4.25/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    "The alarm gongs sent echoes crashing through the Stone, but Rand paid no more attention to them than he had to the roar that had come before, like muffled thunder from somewhere below. His side ached, the old wound burned, strained almost to tearing by the climb up the side of the fortress. He gave the pain no heed, either. A crooked smile was fixed on his face, a smile of anticipation and dread he could not have wiped away if he had wanted to. It was close now. What he had dreamed of. Callando "The alarm gongs sent echoes crashing through the Stone, but Rand paid no more attention to them than he had to the roar that had come before, like muffled thunder from somewhere below. His side ached, the old wound burned, strained almost to tearing by the climb up the side of the fortress. He gave the pain no heed, either. A crooked smile was fixed on his face, a smile of anticipation and dread he could not have wiped away if he had wanted to. It was close now. What he had dreamed of. Callandor." Rand al'Thor has finally, and very reluctantly, embraced his destiny as the Dragon Reborn after the events at Almoth Plain. But his face is known throughout the nations now, and he is hunted relentlessly by the numerous followers of the Shadow. Thus begins a new journey, and at its end lies the Stone of Tear, the impregnable fortress of the Tairen in the far south. The Dragon Reborn, while not reaching the same level as The Eye of the World, is certainly an improvement from The Great Hunt. The story is more compelling, new villains arise, and the childishness, the completely unfounded arrogance and the insufferable stupidity of the main characters is finally starting to wear off. But it is not gone. Rand himself is barely appearing in this book, and both Mat and Nynaeve seem to be improving considerably. Perrin and Egwene, however, stand ready to assume the inglorious mantle of the worst characters. Mostly, though, this book is a solid addition to the story of the Wheel of Time, and the ending is great, leaving the reader excited for the next volume, The Shadow Rising. That's all there is to say, really. Those of you who have already read this knows what it is about. And those who haven't yet, should do so! Wheel of Time reviews: #1 The Eye of the World #2 The Great Hunt #3 The Dragon Reborn #4 The Shadow Rising #5 The Fires of Heaven #6 Lord of Chaos #7 A Crown of Swords #8 The Path of Daggers #9 Winter's Heart #10 Crossroads of Twilight #11 Knife of Dreams #12 The Gathering Storm #13 Towers of Midnight #14 A Memory of Light

  9. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 5 *** An amazing continuation of this epic series! I can not help but keep falling deeper and deeper in love with everything about it... Writing a review, the way I fan-girl over this series, is absolutely worthless. I have no objectivity left and honestly, attempting to describe this intricate and complex plot seems to me an insurmountable task. If you are even slightly interested in the genre of Classic Fantasy, or High Quest Fantasy, and I would say the restrictions of those labels are fa *** 5 *** An amazing continuation of this epic series! I can not help but keep falling deeper and deeper in love with everything about it... Writing a review, the way I fan-girl over this series, is absolutely worthless. I have no objectivity left and honestly, attempting to describe this intricate and complex plot seems to me an insurmountable task. If you are even slightly interested in the genre of Classic Fantasy, or High Quest Fantasy, and I would say the restrictions of those labels are far outreached in this series, this should be a MUST READ!!! It starts slow, but instead of boring, it is entrancing with the masterful world building which unfolds natural in front of us... And the characters are so animated and real, that when away from the books, you actually miss them... Epic and entertaining. Read it!!! I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find enrichment in the pages!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Marches buddy read with Buddies Books and Baubles The Dragon Reborn is my favorite book in this series so far. A few reasons for that are I’m pretty comfortable in this world now and can focus on the story more than all the parts, places and lore. The other reason is the character are becoming more developed and while at time I want to box their ears for fighting against their destiny/power/specialness so much instead of embracing it and just going with it. Shorter review for me than normal since Marches buddy read with Buddies Books and Baubles The Dragon Reborn is my favorite book in this series so far. A few reasons for that are I’m pretty comfortable in this world now and can focus on the story more than all the parts, places and lore. The other reason is the character are becoming more developed and while at time I want to box their ears for fighting against their destiny/power/specialness so much instead of embracing it and just going with it. Shorter review for me than normal since there are a bazillion reviews on this series. But the run down is….. Rand - Still trying to save those around him and a little lost as to what to do with himself. Also he is struggling a bit with the madness. Is he mad or is the dark one just taunting him and making him think he is starting to go mad….idk the jury is still out on that. He is on a quest to retrieve a sword that is not a sword and so even though most of his journey is shone third person a quest for a magical sword is rarely dull. Perrin - Stubborn two rivers folk. He is a wolf brother but fighting against it. (see totally want to box his ears because it is so cool and I want him to explore it) But we find out why it might be dangerous as well. Perrin meet a girl and damn if she doesn’t have him on his toes not knowing what to think. Let the games begin :P “No questions, remember? And my name is Perrin, Zarine. Not ‘big man,’ or ‘blacksmith,’ or anything else. Perrin. Perrin Aybara.” “And mine is Faile, shaggy-hair.” With something close to a snarl, he booted Stepper after the others. Zarine had to throw her arms around his waist to keep from being tossed over the dun’s crupper. He thought she was laughing. Mat - Well Mat has been my least favorite in prior books but he has grown a bit on me in this one. Now that he isn’t slightly crazy and paranoid he is a more likeable fellow even if he is totally oblivious to the danger surrounding him and figuring out why it is there. The Wool Headed Ox has no idea that all the trouble he has been getting into might have something to do with the Dark One or some of the forsaken. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Still he has some really interesting things going on with his new found luck and is he perhaps channeling a little bit of a king from the past…..hmmm time will tell. He is definitely a lot more interesting now. Mat also gets the best fight scene in this book and I totally loved how he was able to take down Elayne’s brothers with a quarterstaff. Mat is a man not to be underestimated anymore. “During his lifetime, Jearom fought over ten thousand times, in battle and single combat. He was defeated once. By a farmer with a quarterstaff! Remember that. Remember what you just saw.” He lowered his eyes to Galad, and lowered his voice as well. “If you cannot get up by now, lad, it is finished.” Nynaeve, Egwene and Elayne - These three did practically everything together in this so it is hard to separate them. Even though I got a little tired of Egwene always fighting stubbornly with Nynaeve over EVERYTHING the rest of their story arc is really interesting. Egwene’s accepted test was almost as harsh as Nynaeve’s. Also I enjoyed it as they learn more about what they can do with the one power and go on a quest to find the Black Ajah. What is revealed about the Black Ajah in this book is scary to say the least. Best New Culture - The Aiel…yes yes I know that we got a glimpse of them in the last book. But, in this one we get a better understanding of them as their culture is fleshed out. It also seems they have some prophecies of their own about the Dragon Reborn and those were some of the most interesting by far. Plus they are badass fighters. As if he had all the time in the world, Gaul calmly lifted a dark cloth from his shoulders and wrapped it around his head, finishing with a thick black veil that hid his face except for his eyes. “Do you like to dance, Perrin Aybara?” he asked. With that, he darted away from the cage. Straight at the oncoming Whitecloaks. And he totally kicked ass. But the thing I love about the Aiel is not just that the men are great fighters but also the women. They are all like ninja’s sneaking around and rarely being seen. They are masters of fighting, camouflage and stealth. Plus it seems like they might be Rand’s people and learning more about his true origins was one of the best highlights of this book for me. Everything Else - There really is a lot going on with: - some forsaken on the lose - the Black Ajah plotting - Rand’s dreams permeating those around him and the weird side effects it is causing - Loial stepping into the role of a fighter as well as an Ogier of just knowledge - Min and some of her predictions - Moraine trying to control the situation and kinda failing at it - Another prophecy coming to completion - And FINALLY maybe FINALLY Rand will accept that he IS the Dragon Reborn and not try to deny his fate or destiny any longer. There is definitely a lot to enjoy in this installment even if again it takes a little time to get really rolling. But overall this world and the overall plot arc is growing on me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This is one where they walk a lot. No mention of plot, since this is the third book in a fourteen book series, and I'd hate to spoil anyone. This is classical fantasy at its best, and possibly also classical fantasy at its most descriptive. I highly enjoy these books, but they take me a long time to read. I'm not the biggest fan of descriptive prose, and don't feel the need to find out about every character's clothing in detail. It took me a while to get into this one. A surprise, since this is th This is one where they walk a lot. No mention of plot, since this is the third book in a fourteen book series, and I'd hate to spoil anyone. This is classical fantasy at its best, and possibly also classical fantasy at its most descriptive. I highly enjoy these books, but they take me a long time to read. I'm not the biggest fan of descriptive prose, and don't feel the need to find out about every character's clothing in detail. It took me a while to get into this one. A surprise, since this is the third one, but I felt like plot-wise not a lot happened for the first 60% but then I couldn't put it down during the last few hundred pages. Also, thank you, to whoever pointed out braid tugging to me, now I can't help but notice just how often Jordan's women randomly tug on their braids.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Liam Degnan

    “We rode on the winds of the rising storm, We ran to the sounds of the thunder. We danced among the lightning bolts, and tore the world asunder.” 4.5 Stars: ✰✰✰✰ Been falling a tad behind on my review-writing haha, but I always catch up =]. My reviews from this point out might get somewhat shorter, because the deeper you go into a series (especially one so long as this), the harder it is to write full-length reviews without spoilers. Unless I have something exceptionally good, or exceptionally “We rode on the winds of the rising storm, We ran to the sounds of the thunder. We danced among the lightning bolts, and tore the world asunder.” 4.5 Stars: ✰✰✰✰½ Been falling a tad behind on my review-writing haha, but I always catch up =]. My reviews from this point out might get somewhat shorter, because the deeper you go into a series (especially one so long as this), the harder it is to write full-length reviews without spoilers. Unless I have something exceptionally good, or exceptionally bad to rant about, of course ;]. This was another truly excellent installment in a series that grows on me more and more. Not quite as good at it's predecessor, but where that book focused a great deal on developing the story and world, this book commits a good bit of time towards developing the characters, and this was much needed. We have fewer developments in the worldbuilding and the plot, but we gain a lot of traction in the lives of the individual characters, and this was an excellent decision on Jordan's part. Actually, he made a lot of really smart decisions in this book, I thought. Number One best decision by far was moving Rand into the background of the story for this book, and focusing on our other Emond's Fielders. This was essential if the other characters were going to become meaningful parts of the story. Perrin, Egwene, and Mat each get A LOT of air time in this book, making for a pretty big shift in the narrative, but I actually loved it. Perrin has been my favorite character since book one, even though he had very little air time in book two, so I loved getting to see him come more into his own in this book, and the same thing goes for Mat and Egwene. The characters in this series just keep getting better, honestly. It's a slow-burn though. I think of my experience with Mistborn, where my love for the characters was almost instantaneous, and the development of each character was done pretty quickly. It's not like that in this series. Jordan takes his time, but this makes for something special in it's own way, because you really get to see the gradual growth and progression of each character over time. It's really pretty cool. The Worldbuilding was dialed back significantly in this book though, as a result. We see much less of the different cultures, a significantly smaller number of POVs in comparison to The Great Hunt, the plot of this book was not nearly as multi-layered as the last, and there really weren't any villains in this book that stood out to me. The Great Hunt literally blew me away in this capacity, while this book was good, but not exceptional. Again, this isn't a bad thing in regards to the series as a whole, because the attention was needed elsewhere. I say this just as something to keep in mind =]. And now, for my one problem, and probably the only reason I took off half a star. I hate formulas. What I mean by "formulas" is that when you pick up a certain book, you know how it's going to start and how it's going to end before you even read the back cover. The last three books have had what feels like an almost identical ending, closely following what feels like the same pattern. Spoiler for those who have read these: (view spoiler)[It seems like Rand has an epic show-down with the Dark Lord at the end of every book, wins, and then realizes after that the Dark Lord is still alive. I'm hoping that this doesn't happen again in book four, because it's starting to become repetitive (hide spoiler)] . It's not like a huge deal, and some might disagree, but I can see myself getting tired of the repetition. I'm in book four now, so I'll have to wait and see =]. Overall though, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these books. I basically inhaled this one over the course of three days, and picked up book four immediately after, so in spite of my one or two quibbles I can't emphasize enough how excellent this series has been so far. Great characters, amazing worldbuilding, and an excellent story. Beyond that, all of the positive things I've mentioned in my previous reviews still apply to this one, so check those out if you're interested =]. I can't wait to continue! Happy reading =]. “Just because fate has chosen something for you instead of you choosing it for yourself doesn’t mean it has to be bad. Even if it’s something you are sure you would never have chosen in a hundred years."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angus

    I don't think I have ever been this invested in a series before and i'm so happy! I understand some people's reasoning for not liking The Wheel of Time, as yes... it's filled with a lot of cliches and tropes (at least in the first book) However, I just happen to love each and every one of these tropes! While I'm glad more modern fantasy has developed and become more original, I just find it so refreshing to go back to the genre at its core and this series just makes me so happy for them reasons I don't think I have ever been this invested in a series before and i'm so happy! I understand some people's reasoning for not liking The Wheel of Time, as yes... it's filled with a lot of cliches and tropes (at least in the first book) However, I just happen to love each and every one of these tropes! While I'm glad more modern fantasy has developed and become more original, I just find it so refreshing to go back to the genre at its core and this series just makes me so happy for them reasons :D The Dragon Reborn is actually my favourite book so far and this is why... In this installment, there is much less POV time for Rand and I actually think this does wonders for the series, as it allows every other character and plot line to develop massively. For example, I feel as though the female characters really come into their own in this book and become their own individual person with their own distinct personalities. Whereas previously I couldn't help but get confused between Egwene and Nynaeve, as I didn't think there was much separating them. While they are still not my favourite characters in the series, I absolutely loved their scenes in this book as they reminded me so much of why I love A Feast for Crows, due to all the slowly built up secrecy and court intrigue! (but the White Tower version) We also get more Perrin, who is my favourite of the 3 Edmond's Field boys! (view spoiler)[(I may have a slight obsession with wolves) (hide spoiler)] . I also started to really grow towards Mat in this book, as he became so much more entertaining to read about and not annoying in the slightest! I also loved Queen Morgase, as she reminds me of Queen Elizabeth 1 crossed with the Queen of Hearts and it just makes me laugh xD I also found Lanfear incredibly interesting as a character and can't wait to learn more about her and her motives! But what really made this book my favourite in the series so far was the pacing and how it was structured. The pacing was consistently on the increase and slowly built up to an epic climax that definitely satisfies! Also we stayed with one character enough to really develop the story arc before switching POV, instead of switching every other chapter, which can sometimes be quite jarring as in other fantasy books. And then to top it off plot points from the previous two books come back into play and it's just.... *claps* Well played Mr Jordan well played. I absolutely love this series and I am so glad there are still 11 books to go! All it needs now is a circus and my life is complete! XD Spoiler alert- Nynaeve tugs her braid

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gavin

    Like the first couple of WoT books The Dragon Reborn started a little slow and then developed into quite an engaging and exciting read. I like Jordan's storytelling style. He manages to keep me interested in the characters and the happenings even when not a lot is actually happening! Despite being titled The Dragon Reborn this book was notable for the distinct absence of Rand as a POV character. That meant that Perrin, Egwene, and Mat had to pick up the slack. It was the making of both Mat and P Like the first couple of WoT books The Dragon Reborn started a little slow and then developed into quite an engaging and exciting read. I like Jordan's storytelling style. He manages to keep me interested in the characters and the happenings even when not a lot is actually happening! Despite being titled The Dragon Reborn this book was notable for the distinct absence of Rand as a POV character. That meant that Perrin, Egwene, and Mat had to pick up the slack. It was the making of both Mat and Perrin as both have now developed nicely as characters. Mat was a little annoying in the early stages before stealing the show in the second half of the book. Perrin is now just dependably likeable and interesting. Things went less well for Egwene. Her story was interesting, but she herself has gotten a bit less likeable. The world building was as awesome as ever and we got to visit more places, like Illian and Tear, in this instalment. We also got to learn a bit more about the White Cloaks and the Forsaken! Jordan wove a bunch of interesting story arc over the course of the story and then had a lot of those separate threads converge in an explosive and exciting ending. All in all this was a great addition to the WoT series. Rating: 4.5 stars. Audio Note. Krammer and Reading were fantastic as always.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Miche

    2.5 stars. So far I struggled with all books I read from this series. I normally enjoy journey books, but the ones from Wheel of Time might be the exception. The plot development at this installment moved at snail speed. The last 15% of this book was nice, but it wasn't worth the time I had to spend reading the other 85% about inn descriptions, skirts smoothed, braids tugged and dice tossed. The constant repetition during most of the book had me wondering how this book passed the edition phase. Th 2.5 stars. So far I struggled with all books I read from this series. I normally enjoy journey books, but the ones from Wheel of Time might be the exception. The plot development at this installment moved at snail speed. The last 15% of this book was nice, but it wasn't worth the time I had to spend reading the other 85% about inn descriptions, skirts smoothed, braids tugged and dice tossed. The constant repetition during most of the book had me wondering how this book passed the edition phase. There are some points that I liked: -Matt's character development was really well handled. He was the one I couldn't stand at the previous two books and he became one of my favorite characters by the end of this book. -The Aiel. Such an interesting people! -Perrin's arc was slow, but interesting nonetheless. Overall it wasn't a bad book. A lot of people enjoyed, as you can see by all the 5 and 4 stars reviews. However, I when I finished this book, the only feeling I had was one of wasting time in a underwhelming journey. I might try the next book as I was told that it is one of the best in the series. If that one doesn't grab by attention, it will be my farewell to the Wheel of Time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Angela James

    In my previous "review" of the second book in this series, I mentioned that there are a number of kind of obvious signals a man wrote this. I don't mind that, I'm not saying that's bad, it just amuses me. Below is my proof from this book that you can tell a man wrote and designed this world (and this map!) In the lower right corner, I offer you the phallic symbol. In the overall picture of the island of the Aes Sedai, and the waters surrounding it, I invite you to admire with me the startling si In my previous "review" of the second book in this series, I mentioned that there are a number of kind of obvious signals a man wrote this. I don't mind that, I'm not saying that's bad, it just amuses me. Below is my proof from this book that you can tell a man wrote and designed this world (and this map!) In the lower right corner, I offer you the phallic symbol. In the overall picture of the island of the Aes Sedai, and the waters surrounding it, I invite you to admire with me the startling similarity to lady parts.

  17. 4 out of 5

    seak

    I'm continuing my reread, in preparation for next year's grand finale, but I'm sorry to have gotten a bit behind in my reviews. It's crazy to think that the events from this book, book 3 in the Wheel of Time, The Dragon Reborn [US] [UK], were actually supposed to be the conclusion to the first book in the trilogy. With that in mind, it's not too hard to fathom how things have come to be. This is a turn off for a lot of people, but really, you can't go wrong with more is better, not with The Wheel I'm continuing my reread, in preparation for next year's grand finale, but I'm sorry to have gotten a bit behind in my reviews. It's crazy to think that the events from this book, book 3 in the Wheel of Time, The Dragon Reborn [US] [UK], were actually supposed to be the conclusion to the first book in the trilogy. With that in mind, it's not too hard to fathom how things have come to be. This is a turn off for a lot of people, but really, you can't go wrong with more is better, not with The Wheel of Time. (We'll see if my mind ever changes in this regard). The Dragon Reborn was a frustrating book for me the first time around. I obviously didn't know what I was getting myself into the first time did I? :) It really drove me crazy that the main protagonist, THE Dragon Reborn, hardly makes 3 pages worth of an appearance in his own named book. The main character who actually moves this series forward is off in la-la land for the majority of the book. How does that even happen?!?! And then Rand is what is featured on the cover of the new ebook. Cracks me up, just a bit. The Sweet cover makes sense on the first one, it being a pretty big event, but I really don't get the ebook. What about Perrin or Mat or Egwene, Elayne, Nynaeve... so many more could make such a better cover. To top it all off, I actually didn't even really like Mat the first time through. Who does that? I think I really just wanted to see the next thing to happen and in the Wheel of Time, you have to be in it for the long run, you have to want to know everything about everyone. I think I'm there... finally. On reread, it's a whole new ballgame. I've not only grown to enjoy the other characters much more, but it's a good possibility that I like them even more than I do Rand. Learning about their story arcs, their impressions, their place in the grand scheme of things was really fun and I can't wait to see what huge roles they will play in the end. Let's be honest here, there's no way Rand can handle everything on his own. He can't even handle the brewing love triangle. I've been trying to include a description of each of the books in every review, but I can't really get myself to do this anymore when such a better one can be found at Tor.com, viewed here. I make a lot of jokes about this series, but it's all in good fun. There are very few books I love as much as The Wheel of Time. 5 out of 5 Stars

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy. This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story i The Wheel of Time series represents, for me, the perfect example of a guilty pleasure in the world of fantasy. This series is not actually written very well. Robert Jordan was not a very good wordsmith, and he really only knew how to say and describe things one way. His characters are generally unbelievable, and have ridiculous dialogue. The plot is tremendously predictable, and is heavily influenced (close to the point of being unoriginal) by the fantasy works that came before. The whole story is much, much longer than it needs to be and obviously became bigger than Jordan could handle. That being said... I still enjoy these books. I can't rationally explain it, and I've re-read most of them at least a couple times. I shouldn't be so attached to them, yet I'm chained by my own embarrassed desire to periodically dive into the wheel of time. The only explanation I can think of, is that Jordan was a wizard. Not a skillful, subtle, thoughtful wizard; a sneaky, dark, and soul-sucking wizard who has enchanted me by his mediocre writing. Many people despise and look down their nose at these books, and I totally understand that. Many people also love and adore these books, and will forever place The Wheel of Time series upon their list of all-time favorite books. I can understand that impulse too. I realize this review is lacking in helpfulness, but the important thing to take away is this: try these books out. If you hate them, then fine. At least you'll have given them a chance. If you Love them, then great! Good for you, and you have a long, LONG, journey ahead of you filled with something you love. Either way, you'll have exposed yourself to one of the most famous fantasy series of all time.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mpauli

    I think my journey to finally get to the Wheel of Time is almost as long as the series itself. I was recommended that series in the mid 90s by a friend and bought the first 8-10 books in German (in Germany, due to 1000 english words roughly being 1500 German words, books are often split in two halves) and read the first 3, which would be The Eye of the World and half of The Great Hunt. As the books seemed very slow, especially for my action-craving younger self (waves to the past) I moved on to o I think my journey to finally get to the Wheel of Time is almost as long as the series itself. I was recommended that series in the mid 90s by a friend and bought the first 8-10 books in German (in Germany, due to 1000 english words roughly being 1500 German words, books are often split in two halves) and read the first 3, which would be The Eye of the World and half of The Great Hunt. As the books seemed very slow, especially for my action-craving younger self (waves to the past) I moved on to other things and never returned. In 2006 I rediscovered the series, bought a box-set of the first 3, read The Eye of the World and never continued. Finally around 2013 or 14 when the whole Sanderson hype started out, I re-read Eye of the World for the 3rd time, waited for another 2-3 years and read The Great Hunt and now finally got to The Dragon Reborn. That is a very long introduction just to show you why actually finishing and 4 starring (previous two books were 3 stars for me) is actually a big deal, because this time around I really have the urge to continue and tackle the Wheel of Time for good. I think I have adjusted to Jordan's writing and now better understand what to expect, so I'm not that annoyed by the umpteenth innkeep or most of the characters behaving headstrongly dumb in a lot of the conversations. I adapted and actually enjoyed this one quite a bit, despite not much happening. Rand wasn't really in that book, although he played a pivotal role and we actually see a lot more of Mat, Perryn, Egwene, Nynave and Elayne. This is actually a gutsy decision for a novel series that follows some very classical plot routes of "boy with a destiny against a dark lord". Overall I cherished the scenic road this time, tried to dig into the mysteries and prophcies and learnt more about some different towns, cultures and factions. And now I'm interested to find out what will happen to those characters (I have 2-3 wild theories) and what the hell will be the content of another 11 books in that series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hasham Rasool

    "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." This book opens with Perrin! I actually have sympathy Perrin. His confidence have developed. I really like Perrin, Matrim and Egwene. I find Rand very annoying. He runs away from the group. I do understand why what has happened to him but I find R "The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow." This book opens with Perrin! I actually have sympathy Perrin. His confidence have developed. I really like Perrin, Matrim and Egwene. I find Rand very annoying. He runs away from the group. I do understand why what has happened to him but I find Rand really annoying but same time I really like Rand because he is one of my favourite characters. I love this book so much Alhamdulillah! I feel great to come back reading 'The Wheel of Time'.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮

    Far out this one took me some time! But I'm putting it down to the time of the year that I embarked on it. Picking up a fantasy book over Thanksgiving, heading into Christmas was probably not one of my wisest choices. I experienced this book in all the formats. I switched between audio, hard copy and e-copy as I went along and I have to say, I really enjoyed the audio. Especially the guy who does the male POV's, he's fantastic with the voices. Especially Lan's. *swoon* I found this dragged a lot Far out this one took me some time! But I'm putting it down to the time of the year that I embarked on it. Picking up a fantasy book over Thanksgiving, heading into Christmas was probably not one of my wisest choices. I experienced this book in all the formats. I switched between audio, hard copy and e-copy as I went along and I have to say, I really enjoyed the audio. Especially the guy who does the male POV's, he's fantastic with the voices. Especially Lan's. *swoon* I found this dragged a lot in the middle. My loathing of Egwene may have something to do with my inability to read/listen to this in large chunks, but it really was tough going for a while there. But as always, the finale in this was fantastic. And I felt like it was a lot more cohesive than the previous books and I had a lot less unanswered questions at the end. Quick update on the characters in this installment : Rand - You were barely present in this one, but that didn't bother me much at all. When we did see you, you were whinging, so I'm glad your appearances were kept to a minimum. Now you know who you are, I hope you will be able to love yourself. Mat - YAS! I'm finally seeing what everyone has been screaming about for so long. Mat is awesome. He's still his mischievous self, but he's growing up a bit. Realizing the magnitude of what he has himself tangled in. I can't wait to see him develop further. Loves. Perrin - I really enjoyed his sections. He's awkward as hell, but competent at the same time. His (view spoiler)[love story (hide spoiler)] hit me over the head with little warning. Lan - This story needed more Lan. But he was more present in this one than the last one, so I'l count that as a win. LOVE YOU MY WARRIOR SWORDSMAN. Moiraine - Still pulling everyone's strings, I always want to know more than you tell us. Egwene - This book had far too much Egwene. Egwene this. Egwene that. Egwene being mad at Nynaeve for no reason. Egwene mooning over Rand. Egwene mooning over Galad. Egwene going to sleep. Egwene dreaming. Piss off Egwene. Elayne - Honestly, because we were always in Egwene's head I didn't get much of an impression of her. All I know is she has red-gold hair and I give her brownie points for slapping Egwene. Nynaeve - She calls her horse "Gaidin", that means warder. What is Lan? A warder. It's like she was riding Lan the whole time. Think about it. LOVE LOVE LOVE. She's still my favourite character out of everyone. Just putting it out there that some things seemed a little too convenient in this one, but I still loved it and can't wait to jump into the next one. 4 being-a-hero-is-hard-work Stars Review originally posted over at The Book Eating Dinosaur .

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eon ♒Windrunner♒

    Re-read time over at BB&B This is another excellent WoT entry by Robert Jordan. Unfortunately I let a week pass after finishing this one, reading a bunch of other books and also making some inroads into the next WoT book before thinking of writing this review. So basics it is. And some random shout outs. - Rand is on a dangerous mission to the stone of Tear in order to find out the truth. To be the Dragon, or not to be the Dragon. - Matt is healed in Tar Valon and shows some pretty cool fightin Re-read time over at BB&B This is another excellent WoT entry by Robert Jordan. Unfortunately I let a week pass after finishing this one, reading a bunch of other books and also making some inroads into the next WoT book before thinking of writing this review. So basics it is. And some random shout outs. - Rand is on a dangerous mission to the stone of Tear in order to find out the truth. To be the Dragon, or not to be the Dragon. - Matt is healed in Tar Valon and shows some pretty cool fighting skills and language talents. *Best scene award - The Black Ajah hunt gets underway - Thom Merrilin! - AIEL! - 13. 13! *shivers - Perrin meets Zaire. Or Faile. Or the Falcon. Fun ensues. - Tel'aran'rhiod. - Callandor. - Epic fights. Traps. MULTIPLE Forsaken. BALEFIRE. The Dragon Reborn! READ IT!!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Evgeny

    The prophesies of the Dragon Reborn must be fulfilled, including the one about the sword which is not a sword. The Dark One still hunts three boys from the Two Rivers in their dreams and in reality. The aftermath of the events in the end of the previous book sends disturbance waves throughout the whole land. Unlike the previous book, this one has Rand's POV for about 10 pages total; now it is his turn to take a backseat for Perrin and Mat as well as wonder girls (Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elaine). Ma The prophesies of the Dragon Reborn must be fulfilled, including the one about the sword which is not a sword. The Dark One still hunts three boys from the Two Rivers in their dreams and in reality. The aftermath of the events in the end of the previous book sends disturbance waves throughout the whole land. Unlike the previous book, this one has Rand's POV for about 10 pages total; now it is his turn to take a backseat for Perrin and Mat as well as wonder girls (Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elaine). Mat finally gets his own POV and it quickly becomes one of the most interesting in the book and stays that way throughout the series consistently - there is a reason why his name often pops up in the lists of the best fantasy characters ever. Have you ever wondered while playing an RPG game - computer or pen-and-paper - what it means when you get an artifact with luck +1? Read Mat's parts of the book to find out. Perrin's plot line is interesting, but not too big here. He also gets to meet the most annoying character in the series later on. The most intriguing part is to see how Min's obscure predictions about him come to life. The wonder girls come back to Tar Valon to continue their interrupted training. It turns out, the White Tower where the training takes place is extremely dangerous place; from my personal impression I would feel much safer in the Great Blight (the stronghold of the bad guys). As a result, the girls' training became much lesser priority for them then to stay alive. This book is considered by many to be the classic of genre (along with two previous and two following ones) and is a must-read for any fantasy fan; 5 solid stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    I know that I’ve rated this (book 3) with the same number of stars as the first two, but I have to admit that I liked it better. There was less of Rand (who I’m having difficulty feeling sympathy for right now) and more of the other folks from Two Rivers. I loved the amount of page-time spent with Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve! The women in this book aren’t just supporting characters, they are integral to the plot. The Aes Sedai remind me a bit of Frank Herbert’s Bene Gesserit—they are powerful, nob I know that I’ve rated this (book 3) with the same number of stars as the first two, but I have to admit that I liked it better. There was less of Rand (who I’m having difficulty feeling sympathy for right now) and more of the other folks from Two Rivers. I loved the amount of page-time spent with Egwene, Elayne and Nynaeve! The women in this book aren’t just supporting characters, they are integral to the plot. The Aes Sedai remind me a bit of Frank Herbert’s Bene Gesserit—they are powerful, nobody knows exactly what they are doing or why, and men resent them for both of those qualities. How dare women have power and plans of their own? I’m also liking Perrin and Mat much more than I did in book 2. All the Two Rivers folk are growing—growing up, gaining skills, getting confidence. Having come from a small, backwater town myself, I can admire the way they have revamped their lives to fit their new circumstances. It ain’t easy. Robert Jordan really knew how to draw out a story—here I am at the end of book 3 and there are still 11 volumes ahead of me. I’ve already got a hold on volume 4 at the library and I’m ready for the Wheel of Time to continue to turn. Book number 278 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy reading project.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    The Dragon Reborn is by far the best one of these books yet. Jordan is clearly getting his feet under him writing-wise (although I know this will start changing for the worse around book five or six, depending on who you talk to), and a lot of the things that annoyed me in the first and second books are either gone or much softened here. I'm long past thinking this is a LOTR clone. He does make one puzzling choice that I feel sort of ruins the flow of the book as much as it helps it, so narrativ The Dragon Reborn is by far the best one of these books yet. Jordan is clearly getting his feet under him writing-wise (although I know this will start changing for the worse around book five or six, depending on who you talk to), and a lot of the things that annoyed me in the first and second books are either gone or much softened here. I'm long past thinking this is a LOTR clone. He does make one puzzling choice that I feel sort of ruins the flow of the book as much as it helps it, so narratively I can't give it the full four stars, but I think I'm invested in this world now. I sort of wanted to pick up the next book right away to find out what happens, where with the last two I definitely needed a break, so that's a good sign. So this book picks up an indeterminate amount of time after the last one, weeks probably although it might be months. Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne have made it back to Tar Valon all the way from the coast, an unconscious and barely alive Mat in tow, so that had to have taken awhile. The group has split up. The girls and Mat have gone to Tar Valon, them to resume their training, and him for healing, to finally be separated from the Shadar Logoth dagger. Loial, Rand, Perrin, Moiraine, Min, and Lan remain in a camp in the Mountains of Mist, Rand and Moiraine fighting regularly because Rand wants to do something instead of just sitting there, even though he knows it's the right move for now, and Moiraine constantly having to rein him in. The book opens with Rand basically having a One Power temper tantrum, and then running off into the mountains. The rest, excepting Min (can't remember where she goes), follow after him. The narrative splits again after Mat is healed, so for the most of the book, POVs alternate between the girls (mostly Egwene, but the occasional Nynaeve as well), Mat after leaving Tar Valon, and Perrin and the rest chasing after Rand, who appears to be on his way to Tear, the place where the Dragon Reborn is destined to reveal himself. You'll notice I mention nothing of Rand POVs, and that's because he's barely in this one. He has maybe ten pages total of POV, and most of them at the end. The focus here is mostly on Egwene, Mat, and Perrin, a move that I simultaneously appreciate for what it does for those characters, but that also limits the effectiveness of the ending somewhat. Mat and Perrin fair very well. They are still a bit frustrating as their stupidity lingers a little. Both of them still fail to accept their importance almost entirely, but they are given storylines that I actually felt were interesting. Perrin still doesn't want to be a wolfbrother, but the focus on his character here is more between choosing violence and choosing creation, symbolized by his axe and his blacksmith's hammer. And after his healing, Mat is a changed man. His story was my favorite in the book, largely because it was so unexpected, but also because he was an asshole in the first two books, and here he becomes more of a reluctant hero with a magical burden. I still like Egwene, but her character suffers because of the way Jordan writes women (he is mostly terrible at it), and to a lesser extent the Aes Sedai. She doesn't suffer nearly as bad as Moiraine or Nynaeve, though. Moiraine continues to be seen as a bad guy, despite overwhelming obviously NOT being one, and Nynaeve doubles down on being a stupid, arrogant ball of rage. She also refuses to treat Elayne or Egwene with respect, and they fight most of the book. It's not super fun to read about. Why couldn't they have just been friends?? (The men are continually befuddled by the women. It makes me wonder what Jordan's life was like, if he's ever met a real woman at all, but his wife seems cool, so I don't get it, really.) (view spoiler)[So the whole book is spent with those three storylines, which all come together in the end in Tear, but it only half works. All the stories with Mat, Perrin and Egwene work relatively well, despite the continual hang-ups I mention above, and their narrative climaxes are satisfying. And then Rand pops in to have an epic fight and claim the sword that is not a sword, defeating two Forsaken, and it is utterly anti-climactic. If we were going to care about this scene, we should have spent a significant portion of this book with Rand, and not completely away from him. His actions are significant, but emotionally, he is completely empty as a character in this moment. To top it all off, after he kills Ishamael (Ba'alzamon), who he still thinks is the Dark One and not a Forsaken, he stupidly thinks, That was it, The Last Battle, he defeated Sha'itan, war over. Hurrah! Like, what. Are you kidding me. No, Rand. That unbelievably easy battle was not you defeating the representative of all evil. (hide spoiler)] All in all, though, I enjoyed this, and I'm looking forward to continuing the series, probably next month. [3.5 stars, rounded up]

  26. 4 out of 5

    ~Dani~ LazyTurtle's Books

    Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised! 3.5 stars As always, I am not sure that I have so much to say about this book seeing as it is the third in a series. This book stands up pretty well to the quality of the first two but I did start to notice some flaws. First off, I have seen this about this series everywhere but for some reason did not notice Nynaeve's braid tugging until this book. OMFG. The first time I noticed it, I was actually kind of amused because of how it is a running jo Read this review and more at Book Geeks Uncompromised! 3.5 stars As always, I am not sure that I have so much to say about this book seeing as it is the third in a series. This book stands up pretty well to the quality of the first two but I did start to notice some flaws. First off, I have seen this about this series everywhere but for some reason did not notice Nynaeve's braid tugging until this book. OMFG. The first time I noticed it, I was actually kind of amused because of how it is a running joke in reviews I've seen for the series. Then it happened again. And again. And again. I actually had my hair in a braid one day while I was reading this and every time she tugged at her braid, I reached up to mine just to see if it could at all be a natural habit. Spoiler alert: it's not. It is really annoying and distracting. Also, how huge of a tell is it if she reaches up to grab at her hair every time she gets frustrated at something? It doesn't help that she is by far my least favorite character. She is just so condescending and kind of snooty for a woman that was raised in a village days away from the nearest thing that could be called a city. I really can't stand her. I don't know if I would have finished this book if the scenes that she is in were primarily from her perspective instead of Egwene's. The only other thing that bothered me from other characters was that Mat's solving every problem with lots of gambling seemed a little forced to me. I know, when all you have is a hammer every problem starts to look like a nail. It just felt a little bit unrealistic to me. That said, there was some suggestion as to the cause of his success at gambling so I am positive this will be a bigger deal in future books so it did not impact my enjoyment of the book too much. Rand himself was not in this book nearly as much as he was in the past books. He was present in the story but separate from the other characters for most of it and we only got glimpses really from his perspective. It seems strange since he is more or less the main character of the series but really I didn't notice it very much. While I had my issues with a few of the other characters, I was immersed enough in their story that Rand's absence was barely noticeable and really the story that was told in this book did not need to much from Rand himself. Finally, I feel like three books in, we don't need quite such description (even though I knew going into this what Jordan was famous for) about travelling. With three separate groups of characters moving around from one location to the next throughout the book, such detail begins to read like a list of inns from one town to the next. This was also thrown into imbalance at the end of the book. Travel takes a painstakingly long time in this series. Like, months sometimes to reach a destination. For most of the book this was the case. But then at the very end Mat somehow got from one end of the map in what seemed like a blink of an eye to the rest of the series thus far. The slow travel means that when groups of characters are off on their own plot line they can't instantly be there to assist another group of characters. It takes time for them to get there. So Mat arriving in Tear in the space of one POV rotation cheapened that a little bit to me. Like it always takes a long time to travel UNLESS the story needs the character to move quickly and then all bets are off. Looking back, this review sounds really negative but I did enjoy it. I do feel like not a lot happened in this book, like it was mostly setting up for the future but it was still a good read once I learned to ignore Nynaeve as much as possible.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jeannette Nikolova

    - So three books in and stereotypes are forming. Rand can do no wrong, Perrin is always constipated and Mat is annoying. Oh, and each one thinks the other two are better than him in talking to girls. Always. "Oh, I wish Perrin was here, he's so much better than me when it comes to girls." "Why are Rand and Perrin not here, they know how to talk to girls..." In every scene when one of them is talking to a young female. Still, Perrin is my favourite so far. And, of course, I like Galad. - Also, how very - So three books in and stereotypes are forming. Rand can do no wrong, Perrin is always constipated and Mat is annoying. Oh, and each one thinks the other two are better than him in talking to girls. Always. "Oh, I wish Perrin was here, he's so much better than me when it comes to girls." "Why are Rand and Perrin not here, they know how to talk to girls..." In every scene when one of them is talking to a young female. Still, Perrin is my favourite so far. And, of course, I like Galad. - Also, how very Harry Potter-esque(or is it the other way around?): we only see Ba'alzamon in dream-sequences and at the very end of each book during a major fight. And why does Rand think he's killed Ba'alzamon in every book. Harry was never so delusional. I mean, DUDE... THERE ARE ELEVEN MORE BOOKS, CHILL! Plenty of time to kill him, right? - Last confession: I like the fact that the books center around the rest of the characters and not just Rand. And Jordan does it in a much more interesting way than what Martin manages in GoT.

  28. 4 out of 5

    William Collins

    Fantastic book. This might be my favourite book in the series. It's tough to choose between the first three books. The Great Hunt probably has the best middle, but the last third of Dragon Reborn probably has some of the best chapters of the whole series. I definitely recommend the whole Wheel of Time series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    JAIME

    LOVE. RTC *still needs more Lan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Allison

    **Caution - contains spoilers if you haven't read the first two books.** The Dragon Reborn takes a slightly different approach by stepping back from Rand, only really showing his perspective at the end. Most of what we discover about him is through the eyes of other characters. This provides a distance between the naive and confused farm-boy Rand who has so far been swept along by events, and the harder one who has learned something of using the Power and manipulating people that we begin to know **Caution - contains spoilers if you haven't read the first two books.** The Dragon Reborn takes a slightly different approach by stepping back from Rand, only really showing his perspective at the end. Most of what we discover about him is through the eyes of other characters. This provides a distance between the naive and confused farm-boy Rand who has so far been swept along by events, and the harder one who has learned something of using the Power and manipulating people that we begin to know in the next book. The parts of this book that I enjoyed the most are the stories of Mat and Perrin. Each of them becomes more defined, and their overall importance begins to emerge as their lives are tossed about by being ta'veren. Mat is that roguish sort that loves to gamble, gets into trouble, and ultimately has a good heart and ends up doing the right thing in spite of himself. Love Mat. Perrin is solid, down-to-earth, dependable, and yet has that dangerous unpredictability to him as well, when he lets the wolf out. Love Perrin. A third major focus of the book is at the White Tower with Egwene and Nynaeve. I enjoy the intricate dangers of the White Tower, with political intrigue and the Black Ajah making everyone jump at shadows. I also enjoy any scenes involving ter'angreal and the rediscovery of old magic. Some people find this part of the story slow because there's not much action, but I really do like fantasy that builds in a lot of intrigue as well as action. I even like both Elayne and Egwene - but what I don't enjoy is Nynaeve. Nynaeve single-handedly brings my rating of this book down to a 4. She gets a little better later in the series (as far as I remember), but in this book particularly she is so bullheaded, arrogant, and self-satisfied (with no reason to be), I can hardly stand her. She is always angry, or trying to be so she can channel. She is always tugging on her braid and bristling with indignation. For someone who is supposed to be a Wisdom, she has none yet that I can tell, but she has a big enough head about being Wisdom back in a tiny village to think she's better than a whole tower of Aes Sedai. She doesn't believe she has anything real she can learn from anyone else, except for actual use of the power, and her only motivation at this point is revenge. Because everything is Moiraine's fault. Everything. She needs a good dose of humility, and I don't blame Egwene for wanting to stand up to her. Frankly, I don't understand what Lan sees in her. So, this is a solid installment in the series - the story is still building, the web is growing more intricate, Mat and Perrin are getting more interesting, but this one only gets 4 stars because I spent a third of the book wanting to smack Nynaeve!

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